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 international environmental regulations



High-tech and electronics, chemical, and oil and gas industries each have their fair share of regulatory requirements to meet, and an increasing number include

international environmental regulations  regulatory documents is Atrion International . Utilities and Oil and Gas Corporations Share Environmental Regulatory Compliance Mandates Chemicals, together with their utilities and oil and gas brethren, must comply with the Kyoto Protocol, the Clean Air Act, the EU Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive, and other regulations related to greenhouse gases and other emissions. Moreover, the process of applying and monitoring permits can be labor-intensive. This is because enterprises

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From Burden to Benefit: Making the Most of Regulatory Risk Management


The paradoxical view that regulation is both a blessing and a curse continues to be widely held among senior executives. While they recognize the need for protection in key areas, they are often frustrated by what they see as overly complex, unnecessary bureaucracy to achieve this goal. Find out how your company can meet increasingly difficult regulatory compliance challenges as it develops integrated business networks.

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International Trade Logistics Challenge Automated Global E-Trading


The Internet has enabled a networked world, a communication infrastructure, and emerging enterprise applications, which have opened the door for international trade in earnest. But not many applications really offer multi-enterprise services and software to automate the transportation and Internet-based logistics management needs of a global trading network.

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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

In this lean and green buyer’s guide, we’ll discuss some of the challenges that companies are facing in light of the changes to the economy as well as the pressures of “going green.” We’ll talk about some of the highlevel changes your business can make, with a focus on operational efficiency and on how lean and green practices can both lead to the same result: efficiency equals sustainable business. We will also feature information about some of the vendor offerings targeted at companies looking to adopt or improve their “green business strategies.” The products covered in this guide address various areas within the scopes of both “lean” and “green,” including lean manufacturing, environmental management, operations management, compliance regulations, and more.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise asset management (EAM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions have helped companies like yours deal with their environmental concerns. For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies that are looking for a “sustainability enabling” solution.

We hope this report will provide you with enough insight about the current state of the market—with respect to both lean and green—to help you start making a few decisions about how your company can make a change for the better. We think you’ll find this guide a useful tool for determining which type of solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


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Executive Overview
Lean, Green, and Everything in Between

Thought Leadership
Corporate Social Responsibility: Using Technology to Become More Lean and Green

Case Study
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Lean in Action: Manufacturer Cuts Lead Time from Four Weeks to Four Days

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InkCycle Makes Green Ink, While Staying in the Black

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A Pragmatic Approach to Gaining Business Efficiencies

Case Studies at a Glance
TEC Analyst Perspective



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State of the Market: Lean and Green


Today’s need for sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) is increasingly affecting how organizations do business. But the areas of environmental and corporate responsibility are still relatively new to businesses as concepts that drive value. And even though these concepts are rapidly growing in importance, many organizations are still in the early phases of adopting an approach that provides measured results.

The state of market in “green” is improving—albeit at a very slow pace—as organizations learn the value of integrating environmental thinking into their operations, and find more and more ways to align green thinking with their business strategies and goals.

This need for change affects businesses, municipalities, government, and resource-extractive industries like manufacturing. Some of the major influences affecting these organization’s environmental sustainability decisions are regulations and standards, competitive position, and public confidence. In fact, there is a great deal of reputation at stake, since public consciousness towards environmental issues is growing.

Today’s stakeholders (customers, investors, etc.) want to put their money into companies that are sustainable. If businesses don’t take an interest in the environment—and their impact on it—it reflects very poorly on their interest in their bottom line. The current economic situation being what it is, companies cannot afford “bad press,” and it’s in their best interest to realign their business strategies to include environmental awareness. Equally (if not more) important is the fact that green initiatives have a high return on investment (ROI) and end up paying for themselves through cost savings on resources, energy, carbon taxes, etc.

Today’s environmental challenges in business are vast, and range from financial burdens (such as rising energy, input, and transportation costs), to waste disposal and regulatory issues (minimizing/reducing waste), to accountability and sustainability—which can make the decision to go green both complex and convoluted.


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Records Management Becoming More Important Due to Compliance Regulations


Electronic media and corporate governance have complicated records management for enterprises. Properly defining information as corporate records and using a record management system can help enterprises meet regulatory compliance and reduce liability.

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ProfitKey International, LLC


For over 35 years, ProfitKey International has been a leader in providing manufacturing ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software for small to mid sized companies who are looking to increase efficiency; specifically, in the areas of shop floor scheduling, communications, inventory management, labor reporting, cost tracking, and more.   Today, that tradition continues with our new technology, new innovations, and new services. ProfitKey directly implements and supports Rapid Response Manufacturing® Software from 10 offices nationwide.    The company's products include Rapid Response Manufacturing (RRM) ERP, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Quality (with cause and corrective action) , Kanban, E-Commerce, and more and is the industry’s first fully integrated product suite that provides robust document management and workflow capabilities, making it the only paperless manufacturing solution on the market.

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Case Study: Wilson Tool International


Wilson Tool recognized the need to develop its online presence. The company’s customers increasingly expected to be able to access information about products, execute order transactions, and view order status at any time—even after business hours—to support its own operations. Learn how the company’s new customer relationship management (CRM) solution helped Wilson ensure its customers’ success.

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Mid-Market Strategy: International Enterprise Solutions


Adonix marks its strategy with two catchwords: "growth" and "independence". It has carefully assessed and added acquisitions to broaden Adonix X3 suite's functional scope, licenses and services; and continues nurture internal development with its own resources.

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Customer Relationship Management: Absalon International Accreditation Report


This customer satisfaction report consists of how Absalon, a customer resource management (CRM) provider of CRM software implementation and services, fared in the eyes of their client references.

Absalon received accreditation from Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) for completing the customer satisfaction survey program. The review process is based on client satisfaction survey ratings provided to TEC by Absalon’s client references. The survey evaluated the overall satisfaction, quality of services received, and overall project evaluation of real-life software implementation projects.

Absalon helps organizations find the best way to conduct numerous activities, including service scheduling, field service management, analytics and reporting, and sales force automation. Absalon is the official Microsoft Gold Partner in CRM, and it provides services such as consulting, customization, data conversion, project management, and training.

Get the full results of the client satisfaction survey on itelligence in this software services provider review.

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Catalyst International Bit by Y2K Bug


"Catalyst International, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLYS), a leader in warehouse management software, today announced that due to longer sales cycles of prospective customers, revenues are expected to be lower than projected resulting in a third quarter loss. The delay in signing new contracts appears to result from a general slow down in procurement and contracting decisions by tier one customers as Y2K approaches. Further, sales of new accounts were hindered for several months between Catalyst's pre-release announcement regarding the "potential strategic partner" and the actual press release announcing the SAP/Catalyst Advanced Strategic Alliance du

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Smart Solutions International


Smart Solutions International L.P., a consulting company, implements enterprise resource planning solutions. It provides enterprise management systems and business intelligence (BI) solutions, as well as BI components for online communications designed to turn customer data into customer intelligence. The company also sells several software solutions. These include SmartStream Financials, which is designed to improve business processes and handles work and information; SmartStream Human Capital Management (HCM), which manages human resources (HR) functions from hiring through termination, including personnel administration, payroll, and benefits; and SmartStream Procurement, which is designed to improve procurement processes. Smart Solutions International serves public sector organizations, legal firms, consulting firms, software development firms, internal IT departments, and utilities markets in North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in Boca Raton, Florida, with an additional office in Toronto, Canada. As of August 2005, Smart Solutions International operates as a subsidiary of GOT Corporation, Inc.

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